A popular outdoor pool will be resuming its longer open season after last year's decision to delay its reopening was met with dismay.

Woodstock Open Air Pool is generally open from April to the end of August but last year it did not open until July 22.

West Oxfordshire District Council said this was to save the council and its leisure operator Better a significant amount of money and reduce its carbon footprint by not having to heat the pool during the colder spring months.

However, the news was met with disappointment from the public.

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Now the council has said following visitor feedback, the pool will be trialling a revised May to September open season.

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It reopened at the weekend (May 25) and will remain open until Sunday September 1.

Cllr Tim Sumner, executive member for Leisure and Major Projects, said: “As we start to see the weather improving and glimpses of summer on the horizon, we are excited to see Woodstock pool opening its doors to visitors for another season.  

“This year, we are opening earlier, so those who enjoy cooler water can enjoy a refreshing swim before the summer heat arrives."

He also promised a packed summer programme of activities "that has been carefully curated by our leisure partners, GLL, and focused on the things that you have told us that you want to see in previous years".

Matt Simmons, GLL’s Partnership Manager in West Oxfordshire, said: “This year we’ll be offering all the usual fun-filled activities like swimming, aqua aerobics, senior swims and pool parties. 

“On top of that, there are brilliant new activities for people to try such as mindfulness sessions and family fun swims.

"We’re also offering a fantastic selection of garden games such as Jenga, Swingball and badminton. There really is something for everyone!” 

This year food and drink will also be available to buy at the site with the opening of a pop-up cafe run by charity Yellow Submarine.

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Sophie Bradley, Enterprise Manager at Yellow Submarine, said: “This new venture not only provides swimmers with our delicious Life Changing Bakes and refreshing drinks, but also helps us spread awareness of our charity, supporting people with learning disabilities and autism to live life to the full. ” 

Activity information will be available soon on the Better UK website.

Walk in sessions are available all day every day, but to avoid possible queues or oversubscribed sessions it is recommended that you book in advance online or via the Better UK app.